A supposedly harmless relic known as the Spirit Gate becomes active and
and Zoe into the future. The Doctor follows in the TARDIS and
arrives in England, 1900, where the
descendents of an English merchant from 1800 are gathering.
Jamie and Zoe.
The British Trade Concession in Canton, China, 1800 (page 22).
A maze in the garden of the Fair Destine mansion, Kent, England, 1900
Pg 21 "I can tell you, we had better equipment than this on the Wheel."
The Wheel in Space.
Pg 84 "The air outside was clean and cold and almost intoxicating in
its sweetness, at least to Zoe, who was accustomed to breathing the canned
atmosphere of the Space Wheel." The Wheel in Space.
OLD FRIENDS AND OLD ENEMIES
NEW FRIENDS AND NEW ENEMIES
Thomas Carnacki, Celandine Gilbert (or Gibson; see Continuity Cock Ups),
- On pages 41 and 48 Celandine's surname is Gilbert. On page 114, her
surname is Gibson.
PLUGGING THE HOLES [Fan-wank theorizing of how to fix continuity cock-ups]
- Celandine's mother's maiden name was Gibson, which she sometimes uses.
FEATURED ALIEN RACES
A poppy creature (pages 113-114).
A dragon (page 123).
Canton, China, 1800.
The Fair Destine mansion, both in Kent, England and floating on its own
in space, December 1900.
IN SUMMARY - Robert Smith?
Foreign Devils' set pieces are much stronger than the plot which tries to
tie them together; the novella has to work overtime to justify the mansion
being ripped out and floating in space and doesn't succeed in the
slightest. This set piece, while incredibly strong, was even stronger the
first time Cartmel used it, in the DWM comic The Good Soldier. The ending
is also quite rushed. However, this is a highly readable and engrossing
book that establishes a fabulous atmosphere, decent roles for the Doctor
and Zoe (although Jamie is shamelessly written out of the action) and a
rollicking supernatural mystery that draws you in deliciously.